Sep 30, 2012 2:00pm EDT
sure gets defended. you saw the same thing in proposition 8. governor schwarzenegger and brown said we're not going to defend proposition 8 and then they about intervenors. i think the court system is based on these procedures. the court wants to make sure . >> there is a law that says if the president is not going to defend a federal statute, and the attorney general has to write a letter to both houses of congress saying here is why i'm going to take the unusual step of not defending it. they have the right to come in and defend the statute they pass. >> i want to ask you a question. >> we saw all kinds of cases about the rights of detainees in guantanamo bay and how much they have a right to challenge the conditions and how much the court entertain them. the supreme court seems to take no interest in these cases and is content to let them work out the limitations. veryen though they're controversial, at the cases are being well addressed by very well expected -- well-respected courts. as a historical matter, things are settling down. after 9/11 just like any crisis, there is a re
Oct 6, 2012 10:00am EDT
you for a little bit and talked to some of these issues are brown the way congress functions, specifically the house transparency has been with the sunlight foundation since our initial foundation. it is one of my favorite transparency topics. it is one of the things we are more familiar with as you're going through and figuring out what rules changes what to see in the next congress and house. we are about to be approaching the senate witwhich is disastrously complicated. it is good to focus on the house because it feels more receptive. when i look at congressional transparency, there are lots of different ways to approach that question. there are different ways to look at it. i will pros three broad headings under which i think under which our work can fit. the first is access to the official work of congress. the word "official" is the key word. we have seen progress during this congress and in the last five or so years on this topic. bulk data, while we do not have downloadable access to all the work, there has been a lot of progress on that front. toward the ultimate goa
Sep 30, 2012 10:30am EDT
debates from around the country. at 7:00 eastern, massachusetts senator scott brown and elizabeth warren appear in the second of four televised debates, live on c-span. in virginia, house majority leader erik cantor debates army colonel wayne powell. then at 8:00 eastern, -- a debate for the open nebraska senate seat. that debate is live on c-span. >> it don't you think it's interesting that in all of these really tough times we talk about these big numbers, the house, the senate and the white house don't reduce their salaries? think about it. >> do you think they should? >> in a company, he would have to. everybody would. it never even comes up. the point being all the things, if that's the condition of our country, and it is, they need to set the first example of making the cut back for themselves. >> watch the entire interview with former presidential candidate ross perot on monday. he is interviewed by a "usa today"'s richard wolfe. he talks about how things have changed since he ran for president in 1992 and 1996. find the article in "usa today" on monday. >> next, the federa
Sep 29, 2012 2:00pm EDT
went to topeka, kan., the site of brown versus board. i said i think this is the civil rights issue of our generation. the dividing line is not race or class, but around educational opportunity. if we're serious about closing the achievement gap, we have to close the opportunity gap. i do not think we have had anything near the sense of urgency and commitment to closing those gaps that we need to. to look at the staggering inequities and inequalities, we have to get better faster. all those things compel us to act. the president has provided leadership. he understands what is at stake. congress has been supportive. we have to work on this together and put politics and the ideology aside. we have to educate our way to a better economy. i talk about a cradle to career agenda. we have to start with early childhood education. i could make a compelling case that is the best investment we can make. if we can get our babies into kindergarten and ready to read, we start to close the gaps. if we do not do that, we're playing catch-up. we play catch up at every level of the education system.